Location:Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, East Africa
August 12, 2010 6:08 pm
While traveling in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa in July I came across these beetles doing 360’s in a pond. Please identify what they are.
AJ aka photographer of the Puddling Caper Butterflies in Mali, Africa, November 2009
It was quite astute of you to recognize these aquatic insects as beetles. They are in fact Whirligig Beetles in the family Gyrinidae, and we are quite excited because we believe this is the first image we have received from this family. Whirligig Beetles can’t help but bring a smile to our face when we see them whirling rapidly in circles on the surface of a pond or slow moving stream.
August 13, 2010
We neglected to indicate that Whirligig Beetles are not limited in geographic range to Africa. They are also found throughout most of North America and in other parts of the world as well.